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Area Overview

Aspen is one of Colorado's favorite year-round resort areas. One will not be at a loss for activities ranging from recreation to the arts to culinary delights. During winter or summer, an Aspen vacation is the perfect choice for any season. Aspen sits at the upper end of the Roaring Fork Valley, with the Roaring Fork River, a superb trout stream, running through town. It offers an interesting history, challenging outdoor recreation opportunities, abundant cultural activities, pleasant climate and beautiful natural scenery. Aspen is world renowned for its downhill skiing. Aspen Mountain rises imposingly from town and is one of four ski areas in the valley. Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk mountains all lie within 12 miles of town and offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness













With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Aspen is truly a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers! Whether it's downhill skiing in untouched snow or hiking through dense aspen groves, we've got all that your adventurous heart desires. Epic powder days in winter turn to amazing rafting come spring and summer. Warm days lead adventurers to endless trails to climb, hike or bike, outdoor concerts, water sports and cultural pursuits. No matter how you choose to spend a day in Aspen (downhill or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, biking, rafting or fly-fishing) there is an unforgettable outdoor activity right at your doorstep in Aspen.

Cultural Activities





Ever hear about the Aspen Idea? Modern-day founders, Walter and Elizabeth Paepke, instilled the idea of nurturing mind, body and spirit, in what is now known as the Aspen Idea. Aspen brings the arts and culture of the big city to you sans the honking horns.

Winter and summer calendars are chock full of events from the world renowned ballet and music for all tastes, to art openings and lectures by talented individuals from all over the world, and even some from our own backyard. Since the summer of 1949 the Aspen Music Festival & School has supplied classical music to concert halls and quaint street corners alike.

The Aspen Ideas Festival is a world-renowned gathering of some of the brightest and most innovative minds in the world, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen has become an iconic Aspen event, Jazz Aspen Snowmass continues to draw the biggest acts in the music world, the Aspen Art Museum is a globally recognized leader in contemporary art, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet annually garners rave reviews, Theatre Aspen pulls the curtain on a terrific playbill every year; and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

A cultural "outpost" famed for its embrace of the arts, Aspen is a small town with big city cultural appeal. Click here for a full Calendar of Arts & Culture Events.

Attractions






Aspen is one of Colorado's favorite year-round resort areas. One will not be at a loss for activities ranging from recreation to the arts to culinary delights. During winter or summer, an Aspen vacation is the perfect choice for any season. Aspen sits at the upper end of the Roaring Fork Valley, with the Roaring Fork River, a superb trout stream, running through town. It offers an interesting history, challenging outdoor recreation opportunities, abundant cultural activities, pleasant climate and beautiful natural scenery. Aspen is world renowned for its downhill skiing. Aspen Mountain rises imposingly from town and is one of four ski areas in the valley. Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk mountains all lie within 12 miles of town and offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world.

Much of the area around Aspen is public land within the White River National Forest. The spectacular Elk Mountains rise to the south and west of Aspen, with the Williams Mountains and the Sawatch Range to the east. The Maroon Creek, Castle Creek and Hunter Creek Valleys are all easily accessible from town and play host to plentiful hikes. Much of the high mountain area surrounding Aspen lies within designated wilderness areas in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Hunter-Fryingpan, and Collegiate Peaks wildernesses.

Transportation



Park your car and leave the keys at home! Aspen has an incredible public transportation system that is quick and easy to use. While most of our lodges and hotels are within walking distance to downtown, you may want to take a free RFTA bus. If you want to venture beyond the city's borders on a RFTA bus review your options here.

Transportation to and from the airport is also effortless and affordable via ground shuttles, taxis, limousines or local buses. Some hotels provide free transportation to/from the airport, please check with your hotel. If your visit requires you to drive to your final destination, please consider these affordable and convenient car rental companies.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  7.4  20.7  34.0  1.7 "
 February  11.2  25.1  38.9  2.1 "
 March  18.8  31.7  44.6  2.7 "
 April  24.8  37.9  51.0  2.6 "
 May  33.5  47.4  61.3  2.1 "
 June  40.6  56.4  72.1  1.3 "
 July  46.2  61.7  77.2  1.8 "
 August  45.6  60.5  75.4  1.4 "
 September  38.6  53.5  68.5  1.7 "
 October  29.1  43.4  57.7  2.1 "
 November  17.0  29.8  42.5  2.2 "
 December  8.6  21.7  34.8  1.8 "

Best Time To Go:

Winter and summer.

Spring in Aspen is short & sweet. You can experience spring ski days in March & April, enjoying warmer temps and goggle tans and sunny apres ski. Summer, a season not to be missed in Aspen. "I came for the winter, and stayed for the summer." Is a phrase you'll hear often around town. Fall is one of the most spectacular times of the year in Aspen, days are filled with sunshine and autumn warmth. Valleys full of aspen trees turn yellow against a crystal clear blue sky. You really can't go wrong with a visit to Aspen in September and early October. Winter, the renowned season for Aspen. Skiing and Snowboarding on these world-class slopes should be on everyone's bucket list, but the fun doesn't stop when the chairlift stops running in the evening. Many of our arts & culture institutions, famous in the summer, offer winter programming.

Accommodations


Whether you're looking for a comfy, down-to-earth lodge, five star luxury hotel or something in between, Aspen lodging has you covered, literally. Lodging and accommodations in Aspen include condominiums, bed and breakfasts, a wide range of hotel properties and home rentals.

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